Suspected meth lab found in Fresno man’s senior living apartment

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This map shows the approximate location of a senior living community in Fresno where a man is suspected of making methamphetamine in his apartment, police say.

A 64-year-old Fresno man has been arrested on suspicion of making methamphetamine inside his apartment at a senior living community.

Fresno police found a ledger documenting drug transactions, chemicals -- including bleach and acetone -- and a glass bottle containing liquid resembling methamphetamine during a search of Robert Short’s small kitchen shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Jaime Rios said.

In all, police seized 8.6 grams of methamphetamine from his apartment.

Short was arrested on suspicion of selling and possessing a controlled substance, Rios said. He bonded out of custody Sunday night, according to Fresno County sheriff’s inmate records.


Police were led to Short’s apartment after he was stopped earlier that evening in his car for an alleged driving violation.

During the traffic stop, police discovered Short was on probation for transporting a controlled substance, so they searched his car, Rios said. There they found digital scales and two bags containing nearly 26 grams of methamphetamine, he added.

Although he bonded out of jail, Short will not be allowed to return to his apartment at the California League-Fresno Village near Chestnut and Willow avenues, according to Guillermo Moreno, an administrative assistant at the senior living community.

Short had not been living at the community for very long, he added. Still, residents and operators there were stunned by Short’s arrest, which has since prompted increased security measures.


“Generations are just changing,” Moreno said. “It’s not really the way it used to be.”

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